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press (someone's) buttons

1. To do things that create a very strong emotional reaction in someone, especially anger, irritation, or exasperation. I hate Dave's new boyfriend—he's always trying to press my buttons, and he's doing a good job of it! No one will be able to press your buttons like your children, but it's all a part of the adventure of parenthood.
2. To be sexually attractive or arousing to someone. Did you see that waitress over at the other table? Man, she presses my buttons.
See also: button, press
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Voice Assist (OTCBB: VSST) is an award-winning provider of mobile speech solutions designed to be used from any phone and eliminates the need to press buttons on smartphones, tablet PCs or other network-connected devices.
Visitors can press buttons and wind handles to bring the models to life.
We assured them that there will be crosswalks with signals that do not require people to press buttons or interfere with their religious beliefs,'' MTA spokesman Mark Littman said.
The categories are only entered once so customers don't have to continuously press buttons to obtain access to the information.
Track & Field gives players a really exciting and challenging experience -- you have to press buttons like crazy and focus on perfect timing to get a high score, but you improve your skill every time you play, and when you watch your friend try to beat you, you can't wait to play again.
They were asked to press buttons on their key pad to select political topics and register their opinions in a process which could have last up to four minutes if you stuck at it.
You attach the farm panel to the back of the car seat and little ones press buttons on a separate steering wheel to play tunes, light up the pictures and make animal sounds.
Drivers have enough to contend with without the added responsibility of having to press buttons on busy roads.
75 can press buttons on their Touch-tone phone to hear pre-recorded school announcements, homework assignments, a personal message from a teacher, or the weekly cafeteria menu.